Weekly fishing reports for the Alexandria Lakes Area are provided by local fishing guide, Joe Scegura. Check the latest report to find out what’s biting and the best techniques to use! Whether you are new to fishing or a seasoned expert, make each fishing vacation unforgettable.
March 22, 2017
Spring has begun and some days it even feels like it! Unfortunately, as I type this report I look outside only to see snowflakes falling. As much as everyone wants spring to come it looks like we will have ice for some time yet. Even with the highs in the low 40's, we haven't been melting much ice with lows below freezing at night. The forecast looks to be a bit warmer, so I promise it will melt eventually!
There is still 12"+ of decent ice on many lakes in the area. Of course anywhere there's moving water the ice is melted or in very more shape. The accesses that are located on the south side of the lakes are in much better shape due to less sunlight (see access picture to the right). You can easily get ATV's and snowmobiles out on the ice in these areas. Even some north accesses are in good shape, but they will be much softer. The ice really varies from lake to lake this time of year, so be cautious. There is very good ice left out there though. I expect there to be fishable ice in our area through the end of the month. Drive just an hour north of Alexandria and you will find people still driving vehicles!
We have been catching a lot of panfish over the past week and they sure are hungry. My best depth for both crappie and sunfish has been 10=20' of water. As we continue to get warmer weather and the ice continues to melt the fish will keep moving shallower. Generally once the ice gets too weak for ATV's the fish will be only a couple feet under the ice in about 5 feet of water. My best lures have been a 1/16oz jigging spoon or #12 jig tipped with a waxy or Euro larva.
I like to drill a lot of holes this time of year and stay on the move until I find fish. I will fish a hole for only seconds before moving because if the fish are there they will generally be quite aggressive. Like I said earlier, we currently have plenty of fishable ice in Alexandria, but you still need to watch where you are going. Now is actually a great time to see where the ice can be weak midwinter as well. Anywhere there is no ice or poor ice now, the ice can be questionable there during the coldest winter months too. The more you get out on the ice and learn what's happening beneath you the safer you will be the rest of the year. Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. The fish are here and hungry!
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